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A slew of articles and comments has appeared over the last week or so in the US and international media—the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and the South China Morning Post among others—on the same theme: Why is China the last to adopt the criminal policy of “living with the virus” of other governments around the world?

The aim of this media campaign is to wind up the pressure on the Chinese government to fall into line. As children are being driven into unsafe schools and workers are forced to labour in unsafe factories to boost corporate profits in the US, Europe and Asia, leading to continuing infections and deaths, the demand is that China must do the same.

The New York Times article was entitled, “Why China Is the World’s Last ‘Zero Covid’ Holdout?” Citing so-called experts, it warned that “the approach is unsustainable. China may find itself increasingly isolated, diplomatically and economically, at a time when global public opinion is hardening against it.”

A worker at SMC assembles products at a factory in Beijing on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Significantly, all the articles acknowledge the success of China’s policy in suppressing COVID-19 when it first broke out in the city of Wuhan and eliminating further outbreaks through a combination of mass testing and contact tracing, quarantining and lockdowns, as well as mass vaccination once vaccines became available.

The figures themselves are an irrefutable indictment of the policies pursued by governments internationally and an indisputable answer to all those “experts” who claim that it is impossible to eliminate COVID-19.

According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, the United States has had more than 45 million cases and 736,801 deaths and the United Kingdom nearly 9 million cases and 140,206 deaths. By comparison, China has had just 125,810 cases and 5,696 deaths.


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